You may recall my post about the fabulous new Australian gift registry From the Owl a few weeks ago? If not you can check my gushing out here! Well, just imagine how excited I was today to discover that those of us that aren’t getting married, are still welcome to share in the From the Owl lovin – through their buy it now option. So you can shower yourselves with their totally cool gifts until your heart’s content.
My gift list for myself (ahem Andy) goes a little something like this:
Love these dessert plates with their vintage / Japanese feel from NY design gurus Areaware - they really challenge the modern conventions of everything being symmetrical and neat. They also come in dinner plate size if you really feeling like spoiling yourself.
bambu, a brilliant Minnesota-based business specialising in renewable materials, brings you these cool little coconut bowls – made out of the shells of coconuts that would otherwise be thrown away! They finish them off with brightly coloured lacquers - fun and good to the environment I say!
Sticking with our mates from bambu, we have this handy chopping board set made from 100% organically grown bamboo using water-based adhesives and finished with an all-natural food safe oil. These are so pretty they can be taken straight to the table for serving things on.
These chemistry flasks could be use for anything – from being a vase to being a water carafe. How nifty is the cork stopper?
Yay – you can get these hanging test tube vases that I was admiring on the registry!
Blacklist Studio have created only 50 of these “You remind me of home” wall hangings. Printed on heavyweight canvas and with the timber baton and plenty of string attached, this would be a great new additional to your home whoever your “you” may be….
I so badly want to see one of these little tackers in action. Apparently if you press snooze on one of these alarm clocks from Clocky, they will roll off your table and look for a place to hide….. beeping the whole time! Hilarious…. until it happens to you!
This little lunchbox is a brilliant invention – coming to the rescue of everyone who has had a salad dressing spill in their bag when going to work. It is so smart that you can separate foods into say hot and cold, so that you can microwave the hot stuff and then add it back to your cold salad!
Happy gift buying!
I am a big sucker for an online gift registry because they are so convenient for both the bride & groom and also the guests. As most online registries are stand-alone businesses (as opposed to say a department store offering a registry as a service), they have more flexibility to have more diverse options – you’ll get art, bikes, furniture, lighting, wishing wells right next to your more typical setting up the home stuff for the kitchen and bathroom.
From the Owl is no exception to this. They have a broad (and growing) list of gifts and also the option to donate to a wishing well. Opening a registry is as simple as filling out a form online. Then your guests can jump on and make a purchase (adding a small surcharge) and all presents will be delivered to you a few weeks after the wedding. If your guests are in the Sydney area, they can also drop in to the showroom to have and browse… and if they’re not so tech-savvy they can order over the phone. Simple and easy for everyone involved I say!
They won me over very quickly when I saw they have pieces of art from my favourite gallery – Panelpop. We have a few pieces of art from there and I think they make a great engagement or wedding present (several of our friends have been on the receiving end!). Each work of art is printed onto stone and then they are framed with recycled timber that has been rescued from old churches and the like – each piece is wonderfully precious. Andy’s brothers gave us the one below for our wedding by artist Ghost Patrol called “Together we can” – perfect sentiment for the start of a marriage right? We love it!
Other things I’d definitely be putting on our registry would be this fun mobile from Creme Cycles (never fear they have chicks ones too!):
Bring me my mojito while I chill out on the acapulco chair and catch some rays from these Mattias Stahlbom socket lamps:
Kitchenware doesn’t need to be boring when you add a Gense Figura cutlery set and a Norway Says salt and pepper grinders:
Why have a vase sitting on your coffee table when you can hang it from the roof? Love these hanging test tube vases from Pigeon Toe – especially the leather lace!
And I’ve been pining for one of these cinematic lightboxes for a long time but they’re always sold out! I will continue to drop hints with Andy to track one down from Page Thirty Three….
As I said I’m a massive fan of online registries, they should definitely be investigated by couples getting married as I really think the service provided by some of the big department stores (ahem) is substandard for both the bride & groom and their guests. Only problem for me is that I want to buy half the stuff on their registry…. maybe they need to open up an online store too?!?